Recently I have been wondering why I ever thought I could retire. I have been trying to avoid taking money out of my 401K until I hit 72, but in all honesty with today’s inflation I am thinking that may not be possible. I went to the store today to buy something to make a dessert for my home team and was shocked when the items cost $18—just for one dessert made with Jell-O and strawberries. Like many individuals on a fixed income, I worry about having enough money to meet my daily needs, let alone all the things on my “want” list.
The past couple of weeks have been a little rocky for me. Without going into detail, let’s just say God and I have been having conversations about the depth of my faith and trust in Him. But recently as I was reading the story of the widow and the oil in 2 Kings 4:1-7 it reinforced what God has been telling me all along. Trust me. I will meet your needs.
Sometimes I feel like the father who brought his son to Jesus for healing. In Jesus’ encounter with the young boy’s father, the man said, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus replied, “If you can? Everything is possible for him who believes.” And then the father said something that most of us can identify with on occasion, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Are you filled with doubts? Do you sometimes wonder if God has left you alone to cope with life the best you can? Do you feel like you are abandoned and there is no hope? Satan wants us to buy into these lies.
God is faithful and true. He cares for us. He wants us to believe and trust in Him. When we do, we can watch Him at work in our lives. Believe. Sometimes it is the simplest things that are hardest to do.
Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.